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    Sowing Seeds in the Desert Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security

    ISBN-10: 1603584188
    ISBN-13: 9781603584180
    Author(s): Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn
    Description: The earth is in great peril, due to the corporatization of agriculture, the rising climate crisis, and the ever-increasing levels of global poverty, starvation, and desertification on a massive scale. This present condition of global trauma is not  More...
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    Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 216
    Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 0.990
    Language: English

    The earth is in great peril, due to the corporatization of agriculture, the rising climate crisis, and the ever-increasing levels of global poverty, starvation, and desertification on a massive scale. This present condition of global trauma is not "natural," but a result of humanity's destructive actions. And, according to Masanobu Fukuoka, it is reversible. We need to change not only our methods of earth stewardship, but also the very way we think about the relationship between human beings and nature.Fukuoka grew up on a farm on the island of Shikoku in Japan. As a young man he worked as a customs inspector for plants going into and out of the country. This was in the 1930s when science seemed poised to create a new world of abundance and leisure, when people fully believed they could improve upon nature by applying scientific methods and thereby reap untold rewards. While working there, Fukuoka had an insight that changed his life forever. He returned to his home village and applied this insight to developing a revolutionary new way of farming that he believed would be of great benefit to society. This method, which he called "natural farming," involved working with, not in opposition to, nature.Fukuoka's inspiring and internationally best-selling book,The One-Straw Revolutionwas first published in English in 1978. In this book, Fukuoka described his philosophy of natural farming and why he came to farm the way he did.One-Strawwas a huge success in the West, and spoke directly to the growing movement of organic farmers and activists seeking a new way of life. For years after its publication, Fukuoka traveled around the world spreading his teachings and developing a devoted following of farmers seeking to get closer to the truth of nature.Sowing Seeds in the Desert, a summation of those years of travel and research, is Fukuoka's last major work-and perhaps his most important. Fukuoka spent years working with people and organizations in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States, to prove that you could, indeed, grow food and regenerate forests with very little irrigation in the most desolate of places. Only by greening the desert, he said, would the world ever achieve true food security.This revolutionary book presents Fukuoka's plan to rehabilitate the deserts of the world using natural farming, including practical solutions for feeding a growing human population, rehabilitating damaged landscapes, reversing the spread of desertification, and providing a deep understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature. Fukuoka's message comes right at the time when people around the world seem to have lost their frame of reference, and offers us a way forward.

    Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a farmer and philosopher who was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. He decided to quit his job, return to his home village, and put his ideas into practice by applying them to agriculture.Over the next sixty-five years he worked to develop a system of natural farming that demonstrated the insight he was given as a young man, believing that it could be of great benefit to the world. He did not plow his fields, used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers, and did not flood his rice fields as farmers have done in Asia for centuries, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed the most productive farms in Japan.In 1975 he wrote The One-Straw Revolution , a best-selling book that described his life’s journey, his phil

    Introduction
    Editor's Notes
    About the Illustrations
    The Call to Natural Farming
    My Return to Farming
    Challenges During Wartime
    The True Meaning of Nature
    The Errors of Human Thought
    No God or Buddha Will Rescue the Human Race
    The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah
    A Life of Natural Culture
    Reconsidering Human Knowledge
    The Birth of Discriminating Knowledge
    Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection
    Understanding True Time and Space
    The Rising and Sinking of Genes
    An Alternative View of Evolution
    Naturally Occurring Hybrids in My Rice Fields
    Abandoning What We Think We Know
    Healing a World In Crisis
    Restoring the Earth and Its People
    In Nature, There Are No Beneficial or Harmful Insects
    Eastern and Western Medicine
    The Fear of Death
    The Question of Spirit
    The Money-Sucking Octopus Economy
    The Illusion of the Law of Causality
    The Current Approach of Desertification Countermeasures
    Global Desertification
    Lessons from the Landscapes of Europe and the United States
    The Tragedy of Africa
    Sowing Seeds in an African Refugee Camp
    Revegetating the Earth Through Natural Methods
    Agricultural "Production" Is Actually Deduction
    Commercial Feedlots Will Destroy the Land, Cultured Fish the Sea
    Sowing Seeds in the Desert
    Creating Greenbelds
    The Revegetation of India
    Notes from an International Environmental Summit
    Travels on the West Coast of the United States
    Farmer's Markets
    Urban Natural Farms
    People Sow and Birds Sow
    Rice Growing in the Sacramento Valley
    From Organic Farming to Natural Farming
    Two International Conferences
    Japanese Cedars at the Zen Center
    Appendices
    Creating a Natural Farm in Temperature and Subtropical Zones
    Making Clay Seed Pellets for Use in Revegetation
    Producing an All-Around Natural Culture Medium

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